Israel-U.S. Working Paper
on Suggestions for the Resumption of the Geneva Peace Conference
New York, 5 October 1977
[Immediately after the publication of the Joint U.S.-Soviet statement on the Middle East, and Israel’s rejection of its content, Israeli Foreign Minister Dayan meeting with President Carter and Secretary Vance reached the “Working Paper” below. Though secret, its content was very quickly made public. The document was accompanied by “agreed minute” on Palestinian participation that remained secret. Both texts were approved by the Israeli Cabinet on 11 October.]
1. The Arab parties will be represented by a unified Arab delegation, which will include Palestinian Arabs. After the opening session, the conference will split into working groups.
2. The working groups for the negotiation and conclusion of peace treaties will be formed as follows:
3. The West Bank and Gaza issues will be discussed in a working group to consist of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Arabs.
4. The solution of the problem of the Arab refugees and of the Jewish refugees will be discussed in accordance with terms to be agreed upon.
5. The agreed basis for the negotiations at the Geneva Peace Conference on the Middle East are U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
6. All the initial terms of reference of the Geneva Peace Conference remain in force, except as may be agreed by the parties.
* All the parties agreed that Lebanon may join the conference when it so requests.
AGREED MINUTE OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN PRESIDENT CARTER,
SECRETARY VANCE AND FOREIGN MINISTER DAYAN
New York, 4-5 October 1977
The list of names of the proposed Palestinian Arab members of the Unified Arab Delegation to the Geneva Peace Conference will be sought by the United States, which will provide the list to Israel. The U.S. has been informed of Israel's position that members of the PLO are not acceptable as participants in the Unified Arab Delegation to the Geneva Peace Conference. Israel will screen the list, using reasonable criteria, and will indicate to the U.S. any individuals on the list which it objects to. The U.S. will discuss those individuals with the Arab delegation seeking to eliminate those individuals from the delegation. It is understood that Israel can refuse to attend the Conference if individual Palestinian Arabs it objects to are present.
Source: at Israel State Archive.